you need a balance of protein, carbs and fats, especially for long distance.
We just finished up a two week trip on a large river covering some six hundred miles. (the entire river is much longer at over two thousand miles). Its the scene of two endurance races. Checkpoint property owners report that those that are young tend to run hard and use only chemically energized foods that you find in the health food section. The winners tend to eat real food and paddle at a more measured pace. This pace covers some 500 miles in 56 hours.
Nuts dried fruits, dried meats and whole grains are going to keep you going. A Cliff Bar simply lacks punch.
Dont forget the water. We did some 65 miles in six hours one day with real food and remembering to drink two or three liters of water each. Another day was a Clif bar day and we simply forgot to eat. We were done after only 40 miles.
Too many carbs and too little water leads to a very bad paddling problem..constipation. Just another thought.
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